120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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4.11/5
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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,160
Reviews:
2,398
Ratings:
8,475
pDev:
15.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 8,475 |  Reviews: 2,398
Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally getting around to reviewing one of my favorite beers in the world. It really is a holy grail for me. Beautiful to behold. My sense of smell is not the best but this wakes it right up with fabulous scents of sweet, bready malts and fruity, piney, spicy hops. Taste is truly superlative. Rich and complex, it holds its extreme alcohol beautifully with ferocious tones of lupulin, big big big malts and a strong peppery character. An IPA for the ages. I always keep several of these in my cellar and they do age beautifully. A five-year-old against a fresh was a sublime experience and next year I’ll have one that’s ten!

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Photo of jripley97
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mmcpartlon
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJHOY
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: A clear, rich dark amber with a small khaki head that recedes quickly. Lacing oozes down the side of the glass.
AROMA: Alcohol, toffee, varnish, citrus and pine undertones.
TASTE: Lots of toffee/caramel, alcohol in the finish, but not really harsh. Woody quality, citrus peel is there but subtle. Pleasant building numbing sensation as I sip.
FEEL: Full body, plenty of fizz, sticky and dry on finish.
OVERALL: This really grew on me as I sipped it.

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Photo of DavidRandall
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mintz82
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

You have to drink it to understand. I am not an IPA drinker: I love this beer. I have had it many ways; aged, fresh, at the brewpub... Never disappoints. Sam knocked it out on this one.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018. Unique slow sipper. Deserves a much higher rating than the 4.11 here. Super hop saturated. Didn't taste boozy to me. Only issue for me is the much higher price at $37 for a 4 pack. It's great and I guess it's worth it, but I would not want to pay that amount to drink this regularly and it's too rich to be a regular drinker anyway, but it is perfect for an occasional indulgence.

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Photo of JeannieVolpe
2.36/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, purchased May 2018, poured into a tulip glass. Second bottle in the cellar to try in a few years.

Pour: deep burnt orange color. Small 1/2 finger head, dissipates quickly to a small ring. No lacing. Interesting because of the unique color.

Nose: alcohol is upfront. Citrus, orange, pine all present but dominated by the alcohol. Still pretty pleasant.

Taste: boozy, piney hops. A little citrus but, like the nose, the booze dominates. But, it’s pretty good booze. Plenty of hop bitterness as well. Surprisingly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, rich, viscous, oily. Carbonation seems minimal but maybe masked by the booze. Its a mouthfull. I like it.

Overall: this is exceptionally strong, as expected. But surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol overwhelms the hops but, still unique and enjoyable. They say it ages well and I’m guessing that’s right. Looking forward to trying in a year or two.

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Photo of JonB25
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Orange_Whip
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rule #1: Age this beer!!!!

I bought 2 bottles of this in May 2016. I drank the first one in September 2016 and it was very close to being a drain pour. It was super hot and felt like I was taking a shot with every sip. I stored away the second bottle not sure if I'd ever want to try it.

Fast forward to May 2018. The second bottle was now 2 years old. I chilled it and cracked it open this passed weekend. This was a whole different experience. The beer mellowed into something wonderful that I truly enjoyed.

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Photo of SwellSwill1
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle two months from bottling into a nonic pint glass. Cloudy upon pouring that cleared a bit after a few minutes with no sediment. Amber in color with a thin white head and light/medium lacing.
Smells a bit sour and boozy up front and then malty with what I think of as plum and apricot notes.
First few sips taste sour up front but not after that. Faint piney finish and sweet. Buttery taste as well. Not too complex in flavor on my palate,just mostly boozy and buttery. The best part of this brew,for me,is the buttery feel that it also leaves on the tongue for a few seconds after swallowing.
I would recommend spending your money on something else but maybe it needs to age for a while as the bottle says to enjoy now or in a decade.

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Photo of cozmo
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vincechan
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zenwatts
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MO1978
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of stewartea
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sisterofba
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMCEE
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Csm5150
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 8,475 ratings